Castleford Tigers hooker and Dream Team debutant Daryl Clark is looking for a big performance in Friday night’s First Utility Super League qualifying play-off against St Helens at Langtree Park (8pm).
The Tigers had the chance to clinch the League Leaders’ Shield on Saturday with a win over Catalans but the Dragons were too strong on the day, running out 28-6 winners.
“The game against Catalans on Saturday was disappointing. They outplayed us on the day,” said Clark. “The heat played a part in it but I’m not going to use that as an excuse. We weren’t good enough which resulted in us losing out on top spot.
“Every time we come to Langtree Park it’s a tough game. Saints are a good side who’ve got experience of featuring in big games.
“James Roby very rarely has a bad game and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook has been immense helping the team go forward. We can’t focus too much on those two players because they have threats right across the park.”
Clark, a self-confessed Castleford fan, will be leaving the Tigers at the end of the season to join Warrington Wolves. This was a decision that did not come easy to him after joining the club as a 13-year-old.
“I’ve grown up watching Castleford and I live five minutes away from the ground,” he said.
“To walk out at Old Trafford in my last game for the club would definitely hold a special place in my heart.
“It was a massive decision to join Warrington. At the time the club was struggling financially and we were bottom of the league. It was the right decision for both parties and it’s great to see the club doing so well at the moment.
“I’ve been at the club for over eight years now and it was actually Tigers chief executive Steve Gill who brought me to the club.
“If you would have offered us a top four finish and a Challenge Cup final appearance at the beginning of the year we would have snatched your hand off. We can’t complain too much about not finishing top.
“We’ve had a great year and we don’t just want to settle for this and limp out just yet. We’re going to put Saturday behind us and finish the season on a high.”
Tickets for Friday’s First Utility Super League play-off game between St Helens and Castleford at Langtree Park can be purchased from £15 for adults, £13 for concessions and £5 for juniors. You can buy tickets at the Tigers Den club shop.
Tickets for the First Utility Super League Grand Final, played at Old Trafford on Saturday October 11 (6pm) are available from as little as £20. To purchase your tickets, please either visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or call the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113.